09 February 2011

Raucous Sleep

sleeping-woman-and-demon

snoring comes clean
to mind as less a burden
than sleep denied –
and the proxy for pain
is stony silence

I should be gratified
with vacuous angst
but for claims to the
guilt implied; it is no
palliative relief

you sleep with ease
in an accompaniment
which breaks free
of traditional restraint –
it is less a burden

hearing your raucous sleep
saves me self-recrimination
and I rejoice silently –
‘tho I cannot sleep
© 16 October 2010, I. D. Carswell